prior lien

noun
a lien having priority over others attached to the same property.
Also called first lien.
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Holder of special lien may acquire and enforce prior lien.
Prior lien creditor-The state has no preference over a creditor who has a prior
  lien, recorded or not.
Though the lender holds a first lien on the property, an unpaid real estate tax
  usually creates a prior lien on the property.
When equitable subrogation is applied, it applies only to the extent of the
  prior lien.
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